Updated February 20, 2020

What Are the Common Causes of Commercial Aviation Accidents?

Traveling by air is one of the safest modes of transportation available today. Unfortunately, accidents happen. If you or a loved one have been involved in an aviation accident, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible so that an examination of the event can begin.

Investigations of commercial aviation accidents can be complicated because several different factors—as described below—could potentially be at play.

Can Human Error be a factor?

Aviation accidents commonly involve human error, including errors made before the accident that later contributed to its events. Determining who is at fault will establish who is liable for damages. Possible human errors include:

  • FAA regulation violations
  • Pilot error
  • Flight service station employee negligence
  • Negligence in a third-party selection of a carrier
  • Federal Air Traffic Controller negligence
  • Poor runway maintenance

Can Mechanical Failure be a factor?

Mechanical failure is another common cause of aviation accidents. Faulty equipment, problems in the design or structure of an aircraft, or maintenance issues can all contribute to the chain of events. Human errors can tie in heavily with mechanical failure. For example, maintenance related issues can occur due to lack of attention or time pressure.

Can Unforeseen Events be a factor?

Other common causes of aviation accidents include birds, sabotage (shoot-downs, hijackings, bombs, etc.), and inclement weather. While events such as hazardous weather can cause aviation accidents, human error or mechanical failure are often also a contributing factor.

Contact an Aviation Accident Attorney Today

Two of the attorneys at WKW are licensed pilots. Both pilots have commercial licenses, flight engineer certificates, and instrument and multi-engine aircraft ratings as well as flight experience in Boeing 727s and private aircrafts.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of an aviation accident, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Aviation Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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